The Wilson Times

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 12:22 AM

Man, woman killed
Bodies discovered in home; sheriff's office says 2 murdered

By Stephanie Creech | Times Managing Editor

Two people were found dead Monday inside of a home on Corbett Avenue.

The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that the two were murdered. This is the first homicide investigation for the sheriff’s office in 2012.

The man has been identified as John Henry Little, 61, of 3233 Corbett Ave. The woman has been identified as Charlene Jones Leake, 42. Sgt. Wanda Samuel, sheriff’s office spokesperson, did not have an address available for Leake.

Their bodies were found in the front room of the house, according to Samuel. She did not describe exactly which room of the house the front room was in terms of how it was used.

Samuel said the two "knew each other” and that Little "kind of looked out for her.” However, Samuel said the two were not involved in a relationship.

Investigators are still gathering information and talking to family and people who knew her, Samuel said.

No information was given about what weapon, if any, was used to kill Little and Leake.

Deputies were dispatched to the residence at noon Monday in reference to a missing person call.



Investigators were expected to remain on the scene for most of the night. Additional information is expected to be released this morning. Deputies still had Corbett Avenue blocked off to traffic at the entrance to Toisnot Park.

Samuel said they are developing leads in the case and are questioning people.

"I think everybody is safe at this time,” Samuel said of the neighborhood.

A white hearse left the residence shortly before 5 p.m., presumably carrying at least one of the victims.



A man who identified himself as a family member and friend spoke fondly of Little on Monday.

"Everybody knows him,” the man said.

The man said he’d been at home and received a call telling him that Little’s house was surrounded by law enforcement.

The man and two other men drove to Toisnot Park where they had to stop due to the roadblock. The men stood by the side of the road looking toward Little’s home.

"Something has happened,” the man said. "I just saw him the other day. He don’t bother nobody.”

The man described Little as someone who went to church.

"He served the Lord and came back home,” the man said.

The man indicated that Little, whom he’s known for more than 30 years, has lived at the Corbett Avenue house for about a year and a half. | 265-7822

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